The saga continues in the Jussie Smollett attack scandal. The latest installment has the two brothers, Olabinjo (Ola) and Abimbola (Abel) Osundairo, suing Jussie’s attorney’s for defamation.
If you recall, on Jan. 29 Jussie reported that he was attacked by two men who beat him up, poured bleach on him and put a noose around his neck, while shouting racial slurs and referencing MAGA country (Make America Great Again—the slogan President Donald Trump used during his election campaign). Ola and Abel were then taken in to custody where they were questioned by police. They were later released and the investigation switched it’s direction to Jussie and a fake police filing. The brothers testified against Jussie with the Grand Jury and Jussie was charged with 16 counts of filing a false police report.
Shortly after that news, the charges were dropped by the State’s attorney’s office and Jussie and his lawyers began to point fingers at the Osundairo brothers. In return the two brothers, who allegedly carried out the attack, are suing Jussie’s lawyers, Mark Geragos, his law firm, and Tina Glandian for defamation.
In the court documents obtained by ET, the brothers claim the Jussie’s attorney’s made “public defamatory statements against Plaintiffs, which were published broadly in Illinois by major news outlets such as the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, and WGN Radio. These tortious statements involve a hoax conducted in Illinois and orchestrated by Mr. Smollett. Finally, and importantly, these statements also impacted the reputation of Plaintiffs, who are employed and live in Illinois.”
The suit also says when Tina Glandian went on ‘GMA,’ and “Today” telling lies, such as “Plaintiffs may have been wearing ‘whiteface’ while attacking Mr. Smollett — again stating Plaintiffs battered Mr. Smollett and adding the implication that this battery was a hate crime,” which caused “considerable damage to Plaintiffs’ careers, as they have lost talent agent contracts and career opportunities.”
As for Mark Geragos, the brothers claim he “repeatedly indicated that plaintiffs conspired to criminally attack Mr. Smollett, and by doing so, implied plaintiffs committed perjury before the Feb. 20 Grand Jury and conspired to make false statements to the Chicago PD.”
The brothers are seeking unspecified damages.